The third edition of Hong Kong-based trade show The Hub closed its doors last Thursday (August 28) at its new venue Lai Chi Kok at D2 Place.

According to trade show co-founder Richard Hobbs, registered visitors have not grown in quantity but quality: "For each of our 3 editions so far we have had almost exactly the same number of visitors, 1,500 to be precise. What I can say is that each time they are getting more and more relevant. There are many more multi-label retailers opening up in the region and they understand and appreciate what The Hub represents." Representatives of Hong Kong-based stores IT, The Swank, The Armoury, Lane Crawford, D-Mop, Kapok and Harvey Nichols were spotted, together with ca. 200 buyers from Mainland China and additional visitors from Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia.

Several international/ European brands reported to have found local distributors for their collection. Tony Evans, managing director of Gola Classics from the UK: “The change of venue and the fact that this is now a two day show are of great benefit. I saw an interesting mix of people from Hong Kong, China and further afield. The HUB has enabled us to identify a potential new distributor in Hong Kong.”

The Hub has been running for three days at its previous two editions. Organizers said to announce a date for the fourth edition of the show shortly.

Abid Rahman with Nik Thakkar from Ada+Nik and Vega Wang at The Hub conference
Abid Rahman with Nik Thakkar from Ada+Nik and Vega Wang at The Hub conference